(Persia Digest) – Iran’s National Football Team will play against Oman today in the round of 16.
Team Melli managed to win Yemen 5-0, Vietnam 2-0, and draw against Iraq 0-0 in the knockout stage to make it to the top of its group.
Iran ranks first on FIFA’s list for Asia and Oman ranks tenth as Asia’s 2nd or 3rd team.
Oman managed to make the AFC Asian Cup when rules changed to allow 24 teams to play. It has made it to the knockout stage as one of the top teams ranking third in their group. It won Turkmenistan 3-1 with three points to make it to the round of 16. They lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 and to Japan 1-0.
The national teams of Iran and Oman have played one another 12 times already, with six wins for Iran and two wins for Oman. The other four games were draws. Iran’s Team Melli trained by Carlos Queiroz has had one win, one draw, and one loss against Oman.
At a press meeting earlier, Queiroz had said: “Oman is a very good team. They are well-prepared. Of their previous 24 games, they have had 15 or 16 wins. We have watched nearly all their games, especially the last three. Today’s result is 50-50. May the best team win.”
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